Giardino Mountain St. Moritz, previously a girls’ boarding school, is now a casually luxurious mountain lodge located in Champfèr, just outside St. Moritz. The lodge is crafted from natural stone and wood and uses elegant fabrics to subtly complement the breathtaking views of the surrounding Engadine Mountains. The walls and floor of our room were covered in beautiful blonde timber, giving the space a warm mountain feeling. The oversized freestanding tub was a welcome sight at the end of a full day of hiking and shopping. For the best rooms, ask for the Mountain Suite – a 60-square-metre space with lake views and a fireplace.
Giardino Mountain served one of the best breakfasts that we encountered in Switzerland, including local cured meats and cheeses, large bowls of fruits, nuts and seeds, homemade muesli, porridge, eggs, incredible smoky bacon, handmade artisanal breads and a beautiful tea station featuring a large assortment of high quality loose teas. I could have happily had the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner options were equally as spectacular, with three restaurants to choose from: two-star Michelin restaurant Ecco, Restaurant Guardalej, and a traditional Engadine restaurant, Stüva. We chose to eat at Stüva, which specialises in regional Bündner cuisine using local ingredients. The meals were the most memorable of our trip. Stüva is decked out in warm wood panelling, exuding a cosy alpine vibe. Chefs Rolf Fliegauf and Markus Rose amazed us with their horseradish cream soup with beetroot and smoked trout, homemade capuns with strips of raw ham and mountain cheese from Grisons, and a deer stew with mushroom dumplings and cognac sauce.
The hotel featured a 2,000-square-metre Dipiù Spa with a large sauna, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, Aveda hair salon, and eight treatment rooms that use Giardino’s own line of spa skin care products called Dipiù. The spa’s signature treatments include the use of merlot wine, grape seeds, olive and almond oils and chestnut honey.
The hotel is just a short stroll from the lake and surrounding walking trails. For a different adventure, there is a stable next door to the hotel that offers horseback riding. If you’re interested in learning more about local liqueurs, make sure to visit the bar and chat with the enthusiastic staff.
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